Belize is a tropical country on the northeastern coast of Central America. To the west lies the Caribbean Sea. As you venture inward, you’ll discover lush rainforests, mountains and Mayan archaeological sites.
Belize is a wall diver’s paradise adorned with huge crimson gorgonians and giant orange elephant ear sponges. The Belize Barrier Reef sits just miles off the coast and is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef in the world.
The reef’s 400 cays, three atolls and seven marine reserve areas make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches over 190 miles in length.
What To Expect
The waters in Belize are rich, clear, blue and warm, offering great conditions for beginners and some exciting diving for the more advanced diver. You’ll find an abundance of coral gardens, sponges, reef sharks, rays and small reef fish. The best diving in Belize is found on the surrounding cays, and no dive trip to Belize would be complete without a visit to the Blue Hole.
Originally a limestone cave, the Great Blue Hole flooded and collapsed thousands of years ago in the Ice Age, becoming the watery abyss it is today. Located at the center of Lighthouse Reef, 60 miles off the coast of Belize, it is the world’s largest underwater sinkhole, measuring 984 feet wide by 410 feet deep.
You might see:
- Nurse sharks
- Sea turtles
SunBreeze Hotel has an on-site dive center making all your dive needs easy and convenient. The dive center specializes in scuba diving tours and snorkel tours. Ambergris Divers cater to experienced and novice enthusiasts offering a range of dive experiences within the immediate Barrier Reef and marine reserve areas.
With valet service, Turneffe transports and cleans all of your equipment from dive to dive, so you can sit back, relax and soak in the sea spray between dives. You return to the resort for all surface intervals so you can refuel and recharge for the next dive.
Ramon’s Village Resort
Ramon’s Village Resort has a combination of lush vegetation, Mayan influence, Tahitian elements, delicious food, wonderful people, excellent service, great amenities, comfortable accommodations, superb location and a wide variety of entertainment options. Their cabanas are built from native materials by craftsmen utilizing the same skill and techniques the islanders used in the days of the great sailing ships.
SunBreeze Hotel on Ambergris Caye makes for the perfect tropical escape with spacious ocean-front suites within a half-mile of the Belize Barrier Reef. The seafront oasis boasts a serene and relaxing atmosphere while being mere steps from all culture, dining, and entertainment of San Pedro. You can easily walk to explore shops, restaurants and tropical fruit stands.
Turneffe Island Resort
Turneffe Island Resort is a 14-acre private Caribbean island resort that is conveniently located only minutes from some of the world’s best dive sites. The resort offers luxurious mahogany interiors and breathtaking views in every direction. They offer 5-star dining including happy hour daily and all-day snacks in the dining room.
Belize Aggressor III
The Belize Aggressor III is a 110 ft. yacht with a wide beam. Built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, she is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard. Diving amenities include individual dive lockers, camera table with low-pressure air hoses and two hot, freshwater showers.
Belize Aggressor IV
The Belize Aggressor IV is built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. It sleeps 20 guests in privacy and comfort. The Aggressor IV features a roomy, air-conditioned salon and dining area, a sun deck with lounge and deck chairs, an outdoor sound system, a shaded cocktail deck, a grill and a photo editing computer for guests.
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize. The island is sprawling with white beaches and Mayan ruins. San Pedro is a popular destination for tourists as it boasts many restaurants, bars and hotels.
Turneffe Atoll is one of three atolls in the Belize Barrier Reef. At 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, it’s the largest atoll in Belize and in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. As a marine reserve, the atoll is well preserved and has large areas of mangroves and seagrass which a wide variety of marine animals call home.
Community Baboon Sanctuary
Take a hike through the Community Baboon Sanctuary to experience Black Howler Monkeys firsthand, wonder at the majesty of the rainforest and learn about traditional rainforest medicine. For an extra adventure, kayak down the Belize River where you have the chance to see crocodiles.
For a mix of adventure and archaeology, visit Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM). ATM, also known as the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre”, is an artifact-rich, sacred cave. The cave was used by the Maya to worship their gods and perform human sacrifices. Be prepared to swim through some sections of the cave and to take your shoes off in others. The journey is well worth it for the opportunity to see ancient tools and pottery, sacrificial remains and large stalagmites and stalactites.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve
While in Belize, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the only jaguar preserve in the world. Not only will you maybe see a jaguar, but the sanctuary is also home to over 300 species of birds including macaws and toucans.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after your arrival.
The water is safe to drink on the island. They desalinate the seawater for clean, running drinking water.
Belize uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, the same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter. Outlets rarely have 3 holes so if your device has a third prong, bring an adapter.
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